THE man behind the SuperMoto race weekend on Newcastle Foreshore says his event has demonstrated that an inner-city V8 Supercars meeting could be a spectacular success.
Graeme Boyd said last year’s inaugural Newcastle City SuperMoto had drawn about 30,000 people over two days, and he expected double that figure this year on the Father’s Day weekend, September 3 and 4.
The owner of Graeme Boyd Motorcycles said Supercars officials would be at this year’s race, a round of the FIM-ASIA SuperMoto Championship, to run their eye over how the event was organised.
Newcastle is understood to be in pole position to host the final round of the Supercars series for at least the next five years, replacing the Sydney 500 at Homebush, although other NSW regional centres are also in the running.
Supercars officials are negotiating with Destination NSW and Newcastle City Council about bringing a race weekend to the city, and a track taking in Wharf Rd, Nobbys and Shortland Esplanade is understood to be one of several options on the table.
Boyd said a Supercars meeting along the foreshore and beachfront was a “great idea”.
“V8s have seen the potential of the foreshore and seen the photographs and seen the YouTube that we’ve done,” he said.
“The most valuable lesson is that it’s an excellent location: green grass, blue sky, harbour, iconic photos.
“Looking out from Fort Scratchley over the location is tremendous. Everything that Albert Park in formula one is, or the Adelaide track, Newcastle is every bit as good as that.”
Boyd said this year’s SuperMoto would gain the kind international exposure that the state’s tourism bodies were chasing.
“This year the event’s is being telecast to the world through Fox Sports Australia, Fox Sports Asia and the UK and the Middle East and the US, of course, on MAVTV,” he said.
“Last year’s event was free and so is this year’s for that very reason that we wanted to show people what it was like, then we can extrapolate it from there.”